Free entrance to America’s national parks

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Planning a road trip this year? Consider making a National Park part of the trip. Entrance to the parks is almost always affordable, but several times a year, it's free. Here's an article from our sister site that highlights free entrance days and several vacation-worthy national parks. America's Best Idea — our national parks — is even better when they're free! Mark your calendar now for … [Read more...]

Military families get free annual pass to national parks

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Active-duty military personnel and their dependents can receive an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass for FREE (an $80 value). The pass grants them access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. In partnership with many U.S. government agencies, the program is part of the Joining Forces initiative's effort to thank … [Read more...]

Getaways on the Cheap: FREE Kansas Guide Books, Map

FREE Kansas Travel Guides

TravelKS has released its 2013 Kansas guide books and they're as pretty as they are informative. They are also FREE for the asking. I ordered the 2013 Kansas Travel Guide and map along with the Outdoor magazine and received them last week. These guides are great for planning short Kansas getaways and just for learning more about our state. (The pictures are beautiful, too.) Now the Kansas … [Read more...]

Orbitz Thanksgiving Hotel Sale: Up to 50% Off on Hotel Stays

Orbitz hotel sale for Thanksgiving

Going out of town for Thanksgiving? Book by November 22, 2012 and you can save up to 50% off hotel stays through Orbitz. I saw double-digit prices (one as low as $24) on hotels in Las Vegas, Orlando, and even Los Angeles. The Thanksgiving Hotel Sale is valid November 5-22. Your mileage may vary, of course. The price depends on where and when you're going and how long you'll stay, but these … [Read more...]

Steep Discounts on Tickets for Live Entertainment, Museums, Sports, and More When You Travel

If you're going out of town, be sure to check for deals that aren't offered in our city. Goldstar discounts tickets for live entertainment, attractions, and sporting events by as much as 50%, and from what I've seen they have some really good deals. ("On the Cheap" bloggers in other cities recommend them.) Signing up is free, of course. See what they have in cities like Dallas, D.C., Las Vegas, … [Read more...]

Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Giving Away Prizes, Round-Trip Airfare, KSU/KU Tickets, and More

Mid-Continent Airport gives away prizes in Kickoff to Travel giveaway

Mid-Continent Airport's Kickoff to Travel promotion features some pretty impressive prizes, including round-trip airfare for two on AirTran, tickets to KU and KSU football games, an iPad 2, and more. Winners of the weekly prizes will be announced on the Facebook page beginning August 20, 2012 and continuing through October. Enter by filling out the form at the Mid-Continent Kickoff to Travel page … [Read more...]

Save on Summer Vacation Travel: Pick up free travel guides

Here's one of my best tips for saving money on summer vacations: Check out the state and local tourism resources at your destination and pick up free travel guides. It seems obvious, but it's often overlooked. Those organizations work hard to attract travelers, many times offering coupons or special discounts. At TravelGuidesFree you can find brochures, travel planning kits, and guides for all … [Read more...]

Save on Summer Vacation Travel – Tips for Getting the Best Rate at Hotels


Lodging is one of the biggest expenses when you go on vacation, so it pays to learn a few tips for getting the best rate at hotels. Having worked in the sales office of a local hotel, I have a bit of "insider" knowledge and it boils down to this: Room rates are not set in stone. However, it is very much a matter of supply and demand. When you're traveling to a popular vacation spot and vying to … [Read more...]